n the busy seasons, reaping, mowing, and even ploughing on occasion; and the hum of the spinning-wheel was heard in every house.
An athletic, active, indomitable, prolific, long-lived race.
For a couple to have a dozen children, and for all the twelve to reach maturity, to marry, to have large families, and die at a good old age, seems to have been no uncommon case among the original Londonderrians.
Love of fun was one of their marked characteristics.
One of their descendants, the Rev. J. H. Morrison, has written—A prominent trait in the character of the Scotch-Irish was their ready wit. No subject was kept sacred from it; the thoughtless, the grave, the old, and the young, alike enjoyed it. Our fathers were serious, thoughtful men, but they lost no occasion which might promise sport.
Weddings, huskings, log-rollings and raisings—what a host of queer stories is connected with them!
Our ancestors dearly loved fun. There was a grotesque humor, and yet a seriousness, pathos and s